The Edinburgh International Festival will give away 35,000 free thank you tickets to mark the 75th anniversary

Free events are to be held at Murrayfield Stadium, Murrayfield Ice Rink, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Playhouse and Usher Hall during the three-week event to acknowledge the welcome the city has given to the rest of the world since its launch in 1947. .

The program of free events, supported by the Scottish Government and City Council, aims to recognize the ‘dedication and hard work’ of all the townspeople who have contributed to its success in one way or another .

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The lineup includes an opening night curtain raiser at Murrayfield that will feature live music, theater, acrobatics and dance, and a Philadelphia Orchestra gala on the final weekend of the festival. , which will be staged at the Playhouse and broadcast live in the Ross Bandstand arena in the gardens.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, will hold a free gala concert at the Edinburgh Playhouse, which will be broadcast live from Princes Street Gardens on August 27. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

EIF Director Fergus Linehan said: “As the festival prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary, we wanted to recognize the dedication and hard work of so many locals who have contributed to the festival over the years. .

“We’re thrilled that tickets to many of our most ambitious 2022 productions are completely free.”

Australian circus stars Gravity & Other Myths and dance theater troupe Djuki Mala will join forces with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and leading Scottish traditional music stars Aidan O’Rourke, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Lauren MacColl and Kathleen MacInnes for open the festival at Murrayfield Stadium on August 5.

The nearby ice rink will host Dreamachine, an immersive “kaleidoscopic” sound and light experience, starting August 13. It was developed by producers Collective Act, Turner Prize-winning architecture, design and art group Collective, and musician and composer Jon Hopkins.

Murrayfield Stadium will host the Edinburgh International Festival certainraiser MACRO. Photo: Darcy Grant

EIF will also organize a free concert by a Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra on August 6th. Formed following the outbreak of war earlier this year and led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, its membership includes members of European orchestras, leading Ukrainian musicians and performers and approximately 75 military-aged male musicians who have been granted an exemption to participate in the tour.

Tickets for the various free events will be made available over the next few weeks. Council leader Cammy Day said: “This is a very special year for the festival.

“Not only does it see a full and exciting program of artists and companies from across Scotland and around the world, it also marks its 75th year.

“The free program is dedicated to Edinburgh residents and these 35,000 tickets are a wonderful way to celebrate this milestone.”

Artists from Australia and Scotland will join forces for the opening event of the Edinburgh International Festival in August.

Culture Secretary Neil Gray said: “We are delighted to support the opening and closing events of the festival this year, as well as the special appearance of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, all of which are free. .

“MACRO, the Australian-Scottish opening show at Murrayfield, is a wonderful example of the cultural collaborations at the heart of the festival.

“I hope the people of Edinburgh – which is twinned with Kyiv – and all of Scotland will take this opportunity to hear the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra and show our support for the Ukrainian community in our city as well as the people directly affected by the war.

Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson will lead the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s Edinburgh International Festival concert at Usher Hall in August. Photo: Igor Zakharkin

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